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ICYMI: Toomey-Supported POW/MIA Legislation Heading to President for Signature

October 24, 2019
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Washington, D.C. - In case you missed it, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action is on the verge of becoming law.

The National POW/MIA Flag Act requires the POW/MIA flag to be flown with the American flag at certain memorials and federal buildings, including the White House and U.S. Capitol.

"Over 82,000 American service members have been listed as POW/MIA or unaccounted for as a result of our nation's wars and conflicts," said Senator Toomey upon cosponsoring the bill in May. "Permanently displaying the POW/MIA flag at certain landmarks is a small but important way to honor these heroes while serving to remind their families that we, as a nation, will never forget."

You can read more about the legislation in Stars and Stripes below or online here.

Bill requiring POW/MIA flag to be flown with U.S. flag heads to Trump's desk
Stars and Stripes
October 23, 2019

A bill requiring the POW/MIA flag to be flown with the American flag is on the verge of becoming law.

The bipartisan bill - The National POW/MIA Act, introduced in the Senate by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., requires the POW/MIA flag to be flown with the American flag at certain memorials and federal buildings, including the White House and the U.S. Capitol, to honor unaccounted for servicemen and servicewomen from across more than 50 years of wars and conflicts.

"As the sister of three veterans, I understand the importance of honoring the sacrifices of those who have fought courageously for our country," said Warren, who is a presidential candidate for the 2020 election.

The bill passed through both chambers of Congress and now President Donald Trump must sign it into law.

"We owe it to those service members and their families to ensure that our nation never forgets their sacrifices," Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

More than 81,000 American troops are still unaccounted for from conflicts since World War II, according to federal data.

Under current law, the POW/MIA Flag is required to be displayed by the federal government on certain prominent federal properties only six days a year: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day.

"The POW/MIA Flag is representative of profound courage and sacrifice," said Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., who introduced the House version of the bill. "By proudly displaying this symbol outside of our federal buildings, memorials, and national cemeteries, we are reaffirming our commitment to those service members and their families who have sacrificed beyond measure."